General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 45
|CSCD 5730||Topics in Speech, Language and Hearing (2 terms)||6|
|HRPR 5001||Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions||0|
|PHIL 5216||Philosophy of Science||3|
|Research and Statistics Courses 1|
|EPBI 5201||Epidemiological Research Methods I||3|
|EPBI 8012||Multivariable Biostatistics||3|
|EPBI 8212||Grantsmanship in Health Research||3|
|HRPR 5999||Research Experience in Health Professions||0|
|Statistics and Methodology Electives|
|Select two from the following: 2||6|
|Single Subject Research Design|
|Structural Equation Modeling|
|Multilev Mod in Int Res|
|Content Area Electives|
|Select three from the following: 3||9|
|Written Language Development and Disorders|
|Neurocognitive Language Disorders|
|Teaching in Higher Education: Health Professions|
|Teaching in Higher Education Practicum|
|Neuromotor Science 3: Cognition and Learning|
|Topical Seminar in Cognitive Psychology|
|Core Course in Cognitive Psychology|
|CSCD 9994||Preliminary Examination Preparation||1|
|CSCD 9998||Pre-Dissertation Research||2|
|CSCD 9999||Dissertation Research||3|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
With approvals from the mentor, PhD Program Director, and department chair, students may select alternate courses to fulfill the Research and Statistics course requirement.
With approval from the PhD Program Director, students may select alternate courses as Statistics and Methodology electives.
With approval from the PhD Program Director, students may select alternate courses as Content Area electives.
Minimum Grade to be Earned for All Required Courses: B-
The preliminary examination is undertaken when the student has completed all other requirements for advancement to candidacy, but no later than the end of the third year of study. Specifically, students are expected to have produced at least two publishable manuscripts and completed all coursework prior to registering for the exam. Students should have successfully presented the first-year project and second-year evaluation.
The examination itself includes a written examination and an oral defense. The written examination consists of three to five questions developed by the student’s committee and approved by the PhD Program Director and department chair. Students have two weeks to complete the written examination. At least one question addresses methodology and the other two are on distinct but related topics close to the student’s area of research. Upon submission of the written examination, the student orally defends the written responses in a meeting of graduate faculty. At a minimum, the student’s committee, the PhD Program Director, and department chair are present. The student must pass the preliminary examination in no more than two attempts. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the exam on a pass/fail basis. All judgments are by committee consensus.
The preliminary examination prepares students to write a data-driven dissertation proposal, which is a prospectus with literature review and proposed methodology. When the student has successfully defended the preliminary examination and submitted an approved prospectus, the student has ascended to doctoral candidacy.
The dissertation is an original study that makes a significant and publishable contribution to the field. It should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature in the area of investigation. It should also be of sound and rigorous methodology. Original research of quality appropriate for publication in a first-tier national journal is expected.
Graduate School guidelines for announcing the defense are followed. Notice is given through postings, email and listserv announcements. The defense lasts two hours.